Authorities say a person was injured while checking on drivers of other vehicles in a multi-vehicle accident in West Phoenix. Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Larry Nunez said the three-vehicle rear-end accident happened at 83rd Avenue and Thomas Road earlier this week.
Nunez said one of the drivers got out to check on other people involved in the crash and that driver was struck by a vehicle. Nunez said the victim was unresponsive at the scene.
Around 8:30 p.m. Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the victim's injuries were not life-threatening. There was no immediate word on injuries to others involved in the crash, or how the accident happened.
This situation actually more often than many think. How do you treat a situation if you witness an accident yourself? Do you make sure those involved in the car accident are okay? Do you get out of your vehicle? What is the best way to handle this kind of situation?
Additionally, who can be held at fault for injuries you sustain in what is called a "good Samaritan" role? Can the driver who caused the initial accident be at adult? The driver who caused the subsequent accident? Can the "good Samaritan" be held at fault for his/her own injuries?
Arizona is a comparative fault state. That means that everyone who contributes to causing an accident can be held responsible for his/her fair share. The "shares" of fault are divided by percentages. The driver who caused the initial accident? He/she caused the injured Samaritan to be there in the first place. The driver who caused the subsequent accident? Perhaps not paying full attention. The injured Samaritan? Maybe also could have been a little more careful.
Who decides? In Arizona, if a case cannot be resolved by agreement (settlement), the "allocations of fault" are decided by a jury.
We wish the best for all parties involved in this accident.